Pittsburgh Marathon Advisory


As of April 19, this information is current. Marathon routes and information are subject to change.  Any adjustments or new details will be placed on this website as they become available.

PARKING DURING COMMENCEMENT WEEKEND (Saturday, April 30, and Sunday, May 1) 

The University of Pittsburgh's undergraduate commencement ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 1, just hours after the running of the Pittsburgh Marathon. As a result, anyone planning to visit the Pittsburgh campus that weekend is advised to plan ahead their driving routes and parking arrangements. 

To help clear the route for the marathon, road closures and towing will be strictly enforced by the City of Pittsburgh. 

All University-owned garages and parking lots will be open to the public beginning at 8 a.m. on both Saturday, April 30 and Sunday, May 1, and will be free for graduates and their guests. View a map of available parking lots and garages. 

Shuttles to transport graduates and their guests to the Petersen Events Center will be running on Sunday, May 1. View shuttle stops and schedules.  


Rolling road closures that will be in effect prior to and during the marathon on Sunday, May 1: 

  • In Central Oakland, Forbes Avenue will be closed between Craft Avenue and Craig Street from 6:15 a.m. through 11:45 a.m. 
  • Craig Street will be closed from 6:15 a.m. through 11:45 a.m. 
  • Fifth Avenue will be closed from 6:30 a.m. through noon. 

A sector map is available with approximate times of re-opening.

Those attending the following events should allow extra time for travel. The City of Pittsburgh does update Google Maps with road closures during the Pittsburgh Marathon.

  • College of General Studies – Posvar Patio, from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.  
  • Africana Studies - Dining Room A, William Pitt Union from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.  
  • Anthropology - Anthropology Department, Posvar Hall, 10 a.m.
  • Economics - Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum. Doors - 9:15 a.m.; Ceremony - 10:00 a.m.
  • History  -  Posvar Hall Patio near the Bigelow Boulevard entrance , 9:00 a.m.
  • History of Art and Architecture - Frick Fine Arts Building. Recognition: 9 a.m. - 10 a.m; Reception: 10 a.m – 11 a.m.
  • Industrial Engineering - University Club, Ballroom B from 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
  • Neuroscience – Schenley Ballroom, Wyndham University Center, beginning at 9:00 a.m.
  • Physics and Astronomy - Kurtzman Room, William Pitt Union, beginning at 9:30 a.m. 
  • Political Science - Posvar Patio 
  • Theatre Arts - Charity Randall Theatre, 10 a.m.
  • Urban Studies - Room 1500 of Posvar Hall 

Those attending the University-wide Undergraduate Ceremony on Sunday, May 1 at 2 p.m. held at the Petersen Events Center should note that doors to the event will open AFTER the approximate road re-openings. All graduates and guests are welcome to enter the Petersen Events Center beginning at 12:30 p.m.  We ask that all graduates are in their seats by 1:30 p.m.  2022 Student Instructions>>  Family and Friends Instructions>>


Roads/locations where towing will be enforced on Saturday beginning at 11 p.m. through Sunday morning:   

  • Along Forbes Avenue between Craft Avenue and Craig Street beginning at 11 p.m. Saturday. 
  • On Craig Street between Forbes and Fifth avenues at 11 p.m. Saturday. 
  • On Fifth Avenue between Craig and Aiken streets at 11 p.m. Saturday. 
  • Towing will be enforced until 2 p.m. Sunday. 


From Interstate 376 West: 

The campus will be accessible south of Forbes Avenue by way of Bates Street. 

From Downtown: 

The western and southern ends of campus are accessible using the Boulevard of the Allies. You will NOT be able to use the Forbes Avenue exit. 

The northern end of campus will be accessible via Bigelow Boulevard and Center Avenue. 

From Interstate 279 North:

The southern end of campus will be accessible by taking I-79 S to I-279 S to Fort Pitt Boulevard in Pittsburgh. Take the exit toward Downtown from I-279 S.  Take Second Avenue to Bates Street. Turn left on Bouquet Street then right on Roberto Clemente Drive.

From Interstate 376 East:

The southern end of campus will be accessible by taking I 376 E to Exit 73-B, PA-885N/Bates Street.Turn left on Bouquet Street then right on Roberto Clemente Drive. (Posvar Hall)


The City of Pittsburgh contracts with the McGann & Chester towing company, based in Beechview. If you are towed, their impound lot is located near the southern end of the Liberty Tunnels at 700 Hargrove Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15226. Their phone number is (412) 381-9400

To retrieve your vehicle, you must have a driver's license and vehicle owner's card available. Drivers who are using a rental car must contact their rental agency.